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Nuclear safety

The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) has taken a significant step towards improving safety in the field of nuclear energy. Securing a two-year grant from the European Union, the NNRA is set to enhance the regulatory framework for nuclear safety in Nigeria.

This move was disclosed in a statement by Ekaette Bassey, Head of the Information and Protocol Unit at NNRA. The statement noted that nuclear safety experts convened at the NNRA’s headquarters in Abuja to initiate the European instrument for international nuclear safety cooperation (INSC) project in Nigeria.

Yau Idris, the Director-General of NNRA, highlighted the agency’s efforts in achieving international nuclear safety standards. He pointed out that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had previously conducted an International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) Mission in Nigeria to assess the country’s compliance with various nuclear safety conventions and publications.

The EU has granted support for this project, covering the period from October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2025. Idris emphasized the importance of closely monitoring the project’s implementation to ensure alignment with international best practices and regulations.

The NNRA, in collaboration with the EU, aims to address key issues, including the passage of the NNRA Bill and its Presidential assent, as well as the establishment of a permanent headquarters office. The project will primarily focus on capacity development, training, and improving the regulatory framework for nuclear safety in Nigeria. It also seeks to ensure that Nigeria adheres to the recommendations provided by IAEA missions concerning its regulatory infrastructure.

This initiative represents a significant stride towards enhancing nuclear safety in Nigeria and aligning the country with international standards and best practices in the field.

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